Self Managed Super Fund

Can a compromise be found for self-managed super fund investment property borrowing ban?

Sally Rose The federal government is less likely to impose an outright ban on the $550 billion self-managed super fund industry borrowing to buy investment property, according to industry groups.

INTELLIGENT INVESTOR

Should I start a self-managed super fund?

Richard Livingston Should I start a self-managed super fund? If you're asking that question of your own volition, the answer is probably YES

Million-dollar super targets labelled scare campaign

AustralianSuper chief executive Ian Silk wants people to be reassured that even a modest superannuation balance will make their retirement more comfortable.

Sally Rose The popular claim that Australians need more than $1 million in superannuation to fund a comfortable retirement is a myth that risks undermining the strength of the system, warns a new report.

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Julia Gillard says 'unconscious bias' against women must be tackled

Julia Gillard speaks at an ANZ Women's Initiative lunch in Sydney on Wednesday, where she told the audience 'women earn 4 per cent less in their first graduate job than men with the same qualifications'.

Ruth Liew Former Prime Minister Julia Gillard said the "unconscious bias" against women has to go as the Greens pushed for a Senate inquiry into the retirement gender gap.

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TIP OF THE WEEK

A warning for single women

Women's pay is slipping further behind men's.

Olivia Maragna Women's pay is slipping further behind men's. What can be done do to escape this trap?

ASSET CHECK

Public service super costs on the rise

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Daryl Dixon

Daryl Dixon Informed decision making has left many members of public service super schemes better off – but at a cost to the public purse.

ON COURSE

SMSFs are the fastest growing superannuation sector in Australia

When saving for retirement, SMSFs are growing in popularity with Australians under 44.

Olivia Maragna Nearly seven out of every 10 SMSF trustees are reasonably confident in achieving their retirement goals.

Self-managed super funds want end to contribution cap

Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry chief Kate Carnell is one of seven signatories to a joint submission to the tax inquiry calling for an overhaul of the way super contributions are capped.

Sally Rose Self-managed super funds have urged the government to replace the $30,000 annual cap on super contributions with a lifetime cap to encourage more people to save.

SUPER & FUNDS

DIY funds use of advice slides

Self-managed super funds have made decreasing use of financial advisers.

John Collett Have you got a self-managed super fund? Do you use a financial planner? No? You're not alone.

SUPER & FUNDS

Soaring personal wealth underpins bank profits

John Collett It is little wonder that the managers of wealth, the big banks, have done so well.

YOUR QUESTIONS

Want to run an SMSF? Have you got what it takes?

George Cochrane Returning home after time spent working overseas, a reader wonders if there any benefits in starting an SMSF.

More super funds tipped to bring funds in-house as Cbus eyes direct deals

Sally Rose with and Jemima Whyte Cbus is the latest superannuation fund set to bring more of its investment management in-house in a bid to use its scale to urge company boards to think longer term.

Managed funds feel less love from investors

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John Collett.

John Collett Investment in Australian shares that are held indirectly, through unlisted managed funds, has fallen markedly over the past several years.

ASSETT CHECK

Working through the retirement policy maze

Daryl Dixon Any moves to change super rules need to take into account job security - or the lack of it.

SUPER & FUNDS

Five ways to make your DIY fund run more smoothly

Olivia Maragna Here are five things you can do with your SMSF to get the most out of it this financial year.

SUPER & FUNDS

Expats have little to cheer about

Some British residents may not be singing any more, thanks to  a freeze on pension transfers  to Australia.

John Collett Pension transfers to Australia have been left in limbo after UK authorities had second thoughts.

RETURNS HIT

Markets' pain may be deeper for longer

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David Potts

David Potts Worries about China and Greece are nothing compared with the problems of shrinking super returns.

BOURIS ON MONEY

Will an SMSF be a good fit for you?

SMSFs are not a one-size-fits-all financial option. Photo: Jessica Shapiro

Mark Bouris As the new financial year begins, you could be tempted to move your retirement savings to an SMSF. But there are factors to consider, writes Mark Bouris.

ASSET CHECK

Investors don’t need to rush for exit door

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Daryl Dixon

Daryl Dixon Events in Greece are important, but as far as Australia is concerned, a much more important issue is what's going on in China.

BOURIS ON MONEY

Pension changes - you'll need a plan

Mark Bouris The retirement system is changing. Don't let yourself get caught out with nowhere to go.